Jackie had written this post a few weeks back.  It is my mistake for not posting it before the end of the month so a few of these events have already passed.  However I still wanted to post because it raises awareness of these great events, and you can make a mental note for next year… I know I will!  My apologies to Jackie and any readers who may have tried out the event on Oct 1.  And if you can, drop in to Jackies’ Food Photography 101 seminar as part of Sustenance!

Without a doubt Fall is the season for foodie events. Whether they’re fundraisers for non-profits, cooking classes or appreciating food art, Vancouver has a lot to offer if you’re looking to get out and expand your foodie activities. Here’s a list to get you going:

RipeVancouver Farmers Markets is presenting RIPE: the 1st Annual Evening of Local Food and Libations at Performance Works on Granville Island October 1st beginning at 6pm. Led by MC Jamie Maw the evening includes local and seasonal food prepared by Chefs Robert Clark and Quang Dang of C Restaurant and served canapé style, tasting tables from local food producers, regional beer & wine, two live bands, door prizes & a silent auction. More info here; tickets here.

SustenanceFarm Folk City Folk presents The Sustenance Festival: Feasting on Arts & Culture at The Roundhouse in Yaletown starting Thursday October 1st and going until World Food Day on Friday October 16th. The Festival will offer a bounty of fun, learning, and agri-tainment, with over 20 food related art exhibits, 15 interactive pieces on display, and loads of events over two weeks. The Festival will also feature a special screening of the award-winning foodie film Tableland by local filmmaker Craig Noble, and a Pocket Market at The Roundhouse from 11am-5pm on Oct 16th, with all produce from Southlands Farm in Vancouver.

I will be hosting a workshop during The Sustenance Festival called Food Photography 101 on Wednesday October 7th at 6.30pm. We’ll shoot some food, talk about what you can shoot on your own at home, and you’ll get a take away with some basic techniques & resources for food & beverage photography. Any level is welcome, film or digital camera, laptop optional, tripod required. Register by email to info@ffcf.bc.ca or call 604-730-0450.

irishLong Table Series is based around the ridiculously long 40ft communal table in The Irish Heather GastroPub, where they host a series of dinners, each featuring a meal crafted by Executive Chef Lee Humphries and paired with a pint/bottle of beer for the bargain basement price of $12. Amazingly popular, these sell out fast and only a couple of dates remain. Check availability here.

social bitesSocial Bites is a newer event concept in town, but certainly not one to be missed. Register online as a ‘guest’ you will spend one evening sampling meals at several ‘hobby chef’s’ homes all in the same neighbourhood, and then voting on your favourite while enjoying dessert at the ‘hot spot’ afterwards. The next event is October 17th in Mt. Pleasant, and if you sign up I’ll be one of the hobby chefs cooking for you!

Happy event hopping!